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Hear John Berry Honor His Father With 'The Richest Man'

Throughout his lengthy career, John Berry has brought a genuine sense of sentimentality and a soul-stirring tenor voice to country music. The "Your Love Amazes Me" singer continues this trend with "The Richest Man," a tender new single that's just in time for Father's Day.

The song, dedicated to John's late father Jim Berry, casts the humble worker with true friends and a loving family as wealthier in the things that matter than the average billionaire. It's a modern-day parable, filled with earthy wisdom and shared with the country-gospel vigor behind the singer's best 21st century output.

Berry co-wrote the song with Liz Hengber and Will Robinson. It first appeared on 2018's Thomas Road EP.

"It is with a grateful heart for a dad that loved me and showed me what was important in life that I dedicate this work to my father, Jim Berry, and to other fathers that walked before and after him, that strove to make their children's lives full and rich in what really mattered: faith, family and friends," wrote Berry for the closing image of his song's lyric video.

Berry's father passed away in 1994, while John was on tour with Reba McEntire.

"The Richest Man I Ever Knew" Lyrics

Knew a man, thought he had it all
100-foot yacht he loved to show off
Had the whole wide world at his beckon call
Yeah I knew a man, thought he had it all

But the richest man I ever knew made a living with his hands
Wore a $13 pair of boots, sporting a farmer's tan
Early in the morning, I'd hear him loading up his tools
And in a rusty ol' Chevy I'd ride to school
With the richest man I ever knew

I knew a man, thought he had it all
Built a big house with a 10-foot wall
And though his friends were mostly bought
He still thought he had it all

But the richest man I ever knew lived behind a picket fence
Met my mom at 22, they could barely pay the rent
After dinner at the diner, he'd tip more than he could afford
And on the way back home I'd sit next to, the richest man I ever knew
The richest man I ever knew

I knew a man, thought he had it all
Drew his final breath last fall
Well the nurse didn't quite know who to call
For the man who thought he had it all
But the richest man I ever knew filled the old stone church

And the stories that we listened to told what his life was worth
He went to meet his maker in his only Sunday suit
On the day that I said goodbye to, the richest man I ever knew
Someday again I'll sit next to, the richest man I ever knew

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